Alessandro Mendini - Design Masters New York Monday, December 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    “Our idea was to create a single object that transmitted the history of Venini and all its specializations: sophisticated craftsmanship,a multitude of colors and textures, the expertise, the special techniques, and the prodigious artists who lent their talent to the company from the beginning, throughout the years. This meant 90 YEARS VENINI 1921–2011 that our creation would need to be composed of different parts, each expressing specific elements of the composition and together becoming a single symbol, a Venini emblem. We thought of an ascending and lightweight shape, a kind of large necklace fixed in a vertical position, made up of distanced spheres, each of which would contain a part of the Venini history. The result is a story, a classification. Each different part represents an analyzed and motivated element; together they are an agile and almost acrobatic arrangement. And we said to ourselves, ‘We have created a column.’That is how the Colonna di Venini came to be: a monument to dedication, hard work, aesthetics and the iridescent ripples on the surface of the lagoon.”
    Alessandro Mendini



Unique “La Colonna di Venini,”

Clear and colored glass, marble.
100 in. (254 cm.) high
Produced by Venini, Italy. Artist’s proof for the edition of nine. One glass element acid-etched with “venini 2011 A. Mendini . P.d.A.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from Venini.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York